Columbus Clippers 3, Toledo Mud Hens 0 (box)
Ryan Carpenter and Chih-Wei Hu locked up in a hard-fought duel on Friday night, but the Hens’ offense and bullpen let them down. The Clippers got a run in the first, but Carpenter spun five more scoreless innings from that point on. The Hens offense managed just five singles and two walks, and never really built scoring opportunities, but the lead was just one until John Schreiber pitched himself into a jam in the eighth and allowed a run on a wild pitch. Caleb Thielbar allowed another single run in the ninth, and the offense didn’t have a rally in them.
Lester: 1-2, 2 BB
Carpenter (L, 1-4): 6.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: The two clubs meet up at 5:05 p.m. ET as part of Star Wars Weekend on Saturday evening.
Erie SeaWolves 5, Bowie Baysox 0 (box)
The SeaWolves got their record back to .500 behind another strong start from Anthony Castro. The promotion has gone quite well early on, as Castro one-hit the Baysox over five innings with six punchouts to his credit. Meanwhile, Castro’s catcher was staking him to a lead.
Jake Rogers mashed a solo shot, his third of the year, in the second inning to get the SeaWolves on the board. They struck again when Derek Hill drilled a two-run single in the fourth to make it 3-0, and then Rogers came back for more with another solo shot in the sixth. Shortstop Sergio Alcantara also added a solo home run, his first of the year, in the eighth inning. The bullpen did the rest, with Trent Szkutnik and Drew Carlton allowing just one hit over the final four innings, though Carlton did walk three in his two innings of work.
Rogers: 3-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI
Hill: 1-5, 2 RBI, 2 SO, SB
Alcantara: 1-3, HR R, RBI, BB
Castro (W, 1-0): 5.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 6 SO
Coming up next: It won’t get any easier for a hapless Baysox offense as they will deal with Casey Mize on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 13, Bradenton Marauders 7 (box)
Jesus Rodriguez was mauled in his outing for the Flying Tigers, allowing six runs, four earned, in just two innings of work. The offense was having none of it however, and roared back to blow out the Marauders on Friday night. They did so with a rather rare display of home run power. Brady Policelli got things started with a two-run homer in the fourth to get Lakeland on the board. Dylan Rosa added a solo shot in the fifth, and then they stunned the Marauders with a six-run sixth inning and won going away. Christin Stewart homered in his first rehab start, and Zac Shepherd added one in the ninth. Brady Policelli also homered again in the ninth for good measure.
Burris Warner and Brandyn Sittinger each tossed three scoreless innings of relief to smother the Marauders attempts to hold off the comeback. There was also good news in the fact that Bryan Garcia made his 2019 debut on Friday. The hard-throwing right-hander was perhaps the best relief prospect in the Tigers system before undergoing Tommy John surgery early in 2018. He allowed a run in his inning of work.
Policelli: 3-5, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI
Stewart: 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Shepherd: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B, SO
Warner (W, 1-1): 3.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 SO
Coming up next: Dane Myers gets the call on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET as the Flygers and Marauders tangle again.
Burlington Bees 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
Adam Wolf was rocked by the Bees on Friday night. The left-handed starter surrendered a four-run second inning, and allowed an add-on run late in his outing to take the loss. Four walks hurt him, but he was hit hard in that second frame. Wolf didn’t get much help from his offense. Jose King and Wenceel Perez had solid games in the first two spots in the order, but things were quiet otherwise.
King: 2-3, R, BB
Perez: 1-3, BB, SO
Wolf (L, 1-3): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: Wilkel Hernandez will take on the Bees’ Cole Duensing on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET.